The Philip Merrill College of Journalism offers faculty with a wide range of expertise for your stories.

Call or email Dave Ottalini at 301-405-1321 to find the right expert for your story.

Faculty is listed alphabetically with links to their Merrill College faculty webpage.

Tom is Eleanor Merrill Distinguished Visiting Fellow during the 2015-2016 school year. Best known for his time with ABC News Nightline with Ted Koeppel, he also worked at NBC and CNN among other places.Tom Bettag
Eleanor Merrill Distinguished Visiting Fellow
Expertise: How the media are and should be covering the new Trump administration; journalism’s role in American democracy; the continuing evolution of television news from Ed Murrow to Megyn Kelley.
CNS ElectionWatch Website 

Kevn Blackistone.Kevin Blackistone
Visiting professor
Expertise: The intersection of sports, race, politics and culture. The history of the black athlete. Sports journalism. Sports.
Kevin Blackistone’s articles in the Washington Post

Jim Carroll is the CNS DC Bureau Chief as of Sept. 2015.James Carroll
Capital News Service Washington, D.C. Bureau Director
Expertise: Media coverage of presidential and congressional elections, prospects for congress after the election, first 100 days.

Dean Lucy Dalglish of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland.Lucy Dalglish
Expertise: First Amendment rights, government transparency, secret courts, reporters privilege, media/communications law, press freedom.

Josh DavidsburgJosh Davidsburg
Expertise: Video journalism, social media, documentary filmmaking, streaming media and broadcast innovation.
jdavidsburg on snapchat, twitter and jdavidsburg1 on instagram.

Assistant Prof. Nick Diakopoulos, Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland.Nicholas Diakopoulos, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Expertise: Algorithmic accountability and transparency, social computing, online commenting, data visualization.


Eaton Chair Mark Feldstein.Mark Feldstein, Ph.D.
Richard Eaton Professor of Broadcast Journalism
Expertise: Broadcast news; media and politics; journalism ethics and history; investigative journalism; scandal coverage.


Professor Sarah OatesSarah Oates, Ph.D.
Professor and Senior Scholar
Expertise: Political communication and democratization.


Dana PriestDana Priest
John S. and James L. Knight Chair in Public Affairs Journalism
Expertise: Intelligence, military, cybersecurity, international freedom of the press issues and US human rights policy.


Professor Linda Steiner.Linda Steiner, Ph.D.
Expertise: Gender issues in content, production, and audiences for media; history of journalism and journalism education; women war reporting; media ethics; alternative and feminist media.

George SolomonGeorge Solomon
Director, The Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism and Professor of the Practice.
Expertise: Former  Assistant Managing Editor for Sports at The Washington Post from 1975-2003. Former   Chairman, Ethics Committee,  Associated Press Sports   Editors (APSE).    Ombudsman, ESPN,  2005-2007.  Joined the  Merrill College faculty  in 2003 and has been teaching sports reporting and sports, culture and the media ever since.  Has been involved in sports journalism since 1963.
301 – 405-0441
703 – 403-3163

Bethany SwainBethany Swain
Expertise: Photojournalism, video storytelling, broadcast journalism, television, multimedia, media innovation, women in media, social media, Snapchat, video training, implementing format transitions and new technology, network political coverage, national campaign trail, covering political conventions, hands-on journalism education, blended learning, active and student-centered classrooms.